Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 4: Quality Education

Quality Education

Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to creating sustainable development. In addition to improving quality of life, access to inclusive education can help equip locals with the tools required to develop innovative solutions to the world’s greatest problems.

Over 265 million children are currently out of school and 22% of them are of primary school age. Additionally, even the children who are attending schools are lacking basic skills in reading and math. In the past decade, major progress has been made towards increasing access to education at all levels and increasing enrollment rates in schools particularly for women and girls. Basic literacy skills have improved tremendously, yet bolder efforts are needed to make even greater strides for achieving universal education goals. For example, the world has achieved equality in primary education between girls and boys, but few countries have achieved that target at all levels of education.

The reasons for lack of quality education are due to lack of adequately trained teachers, poor conditions of schools and equity issues related to opportunities provided to rural children. For quality education to be provided to the children of impoverished families, investment is needed in educational scholarships, teacher training workshops, school building and improvement of water and electricity access to schools.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

Universitatea Libera Internationala din Moldova

ULIM 1992 Chisinau Moldova G

Universitätszentrum für Friedensforschung, Wien

UZF 1973 Vienna Austria G

Université catholique d'Afrique centrale

UCAC 1989 Yaoundé Cameroon J

Université de la Méditerranée, Marseille

1969 Marseille France G

Université européenne du volontariat

UEV 1993 Lyon France K

Université Européenne Jean Monnet

1995 Brussels Belgium G

Université internationale d'été, Nice

UIE Nice France N

Université internationale de langue française au service du développement africain à Alexandrie d'Egypte

Université Senghor 1989 Alexandria Egypt F

Université libre des pays des Grands Lacs

ULPGL 1990 Goma Congo DR G

Université libre internationale de Bruxelles

ULI Brussels Belgium G

Université Numérique Francophone des Sciences de la Santé et du Sport

UNF3S 2003 Lille France G

Université Numérique Francophone Mondiale

UNFM 2003 Saint-Maurice France G

Université sans frontière

USF 1990 Semoy France G

Universities Allied for Essential Medicines


Universities Caribbean

1967 Kingston Jamaica D y

Universities Council on Water Resources

UCOWR 1962 Carbondale IL USA N

Universities Federation for Animal Welfare

UFAW 1926 Wheathampstead UK G

Universities Fighting World Hunger

UFWH 2004 Auburn AL USA J

Universities of Applied Sciences Network

UASNET Brussels Belgium F

Universities Space Research Association

USRA 1969 Columbia MD USA D

University Association for Contemporary European Studies

UACES 1968 London UK D

University Council for Educational Administration

UCEA 1959 Charlottesville VA USA G

University for Peace

UPEACE 1980 San José Costa Rica F g

University Industry Innovation Network

UIIN 2012 Amsterdam Netherlands F y

University Institute of European Studies

1985 Bellaterra Spain G j

University Institute of European Studies, Torino

1952 Turin Italy G j

University Institute of Oriental Studies

1732 Naples Italy G j

University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific

UMAP 1993 New Taipei City Taiwan F y

University Mobility in the Indian Ocean Region

UMIOR 2000 Hyderabad India G

University Network of the European Capitals of Culture

UNeECC 2006 Sibiu Romania E

University of Asia and the Pacific

1967 Pasig City Philippines G

University of Central Asia

UCA 2000 Bishkek Kyrgyzstan D

University of Eurasian Theatre

1990 Scilla Italy G

University of International Business and Economics

UIBE 1951 Beijing China G

University of Peace, Namur

1960 Namur Belgium G

University of Relations and International Studies

1989 Tamaulipas Mexico G

University of the Arctic

UArctic 2001 Rovaniemi Finland D

University of the South Pacific

USP 1967 Suva Fiji F g

University of the West Indies

UWI 1948 F g

University of World Economy and Diplomacy, Tashkent

1992 Tashkent Uzbekistan N

University Research Corporation International

URCI College Park MD USA G

University Space Engineering Consortium

UNISEC-Global 2013 Tokyo Japan C y

University Women of Asia

UWA 1986 Singapore Singapore E

University Women of Europe

UWE 1981 Paris France E

UNU Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies

UNU-CRIS 2001 Bruges Belgium E j

UNU World Institute for Development Economics Research

UNU-WIDER 1984 Helsinki Finland E j

Up With People

UWP 1965 Denver CO USA F

Up With People International Alumni Association

UWPIAA 1987 Tucson AZ USA E

Urban Climate Change Research Network


Urban Knowledge Network Asia

UKNA 2016 Leiden Netherlands J